Tariffs Imposed on Certain Products as of March 23, 2018
On March 8, 2018, the US announced that for national security reasons it was going to impose tariffs of 25% on certain steel products and of 10% on certain aluminum products. The tariffs apply to imports from all partner countries (including Switzerland), with the exception of those from Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Brazil and the EU. These countries were initially granted a temporary exception until April 30, 2018, which has subsequently been extended until June 1, 2018. Only South Korea has received a permanent country exception for steel in exchange for a 30% reduction in its steel exports to the US. The tariffs in force since March 23, 2018 will continue to be levied on Swiss steel and aluminum products. The US has not yet taken any decision regarding the possible exclusion of Switzerland. The Swiss government continues its efforts in this regard.
Independently from the process of negotiating country exceptions, the White House has put the US Department of Commerce in charge of developing a process for excluding specific products from the application of the tariffs.
Forms and detailed information on the product-specific exclusion process can be found at: U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Steel and Aluminum Tariff Exclusion Process